Thai PM Presents Government’s New Policies to Parliament

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Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin presented the government’s new policies to Parliament on September 11th, dividing them into a two-phase plan to tackle Thailand’s economic and social challenges inherited from the previous administration.

In the short term, the government aims to alleviate debt issues for farmers, support pandemic-affected SMEs, and kickstart economic growth through 10,000 baht digital wallet handouts. Srettha said that the current economic situation is concerning, with a high concentration of GDP in a few sectors, declining exports, and elevated levels of household and public debt.

Furthermore, PM Srettha acknowledged deep political divisions, along with escalating issues of corruption, drugs, crime, and poverty. The government’s immediate priorities include constitutional reform for greater public participation, reestablishing trust in the rule of law, and addressing urgent social issues. For the medium to long term, the government plans to focus on expanding Free Trade Agreements, enhancing Thai passport privileges, advancing green and high-tech industries, investing in infrastructure, and boosting agricultural and fishery incomes.

Additionally, the government aims to improve land ownership access, initiate education reforms, promote research and lifelong learning, modernize the armed forces, combat drug abuse, ensure environmental quality, and enhance healthcare and welfare systems.

The opposition MPs, however, question the feasibility of many of the government’s policies, particularly the digital wallet initiative, citing concerns over the budget’s adequacy.

They also criticized the policies for being “directionless”, as most of them did not include clear timelines for their implementation.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Pattaya News, owned by our parent company TPN media.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.